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Nevada Solar

With numerous utility-scale, residential and commercial solar projects, Nevada is emerging as a top state for solar opportunity. Legislation passed in 2013 has helped to encourage growth in all market sectors. SEIA has been working with local stakeholders and policy makers on the implementation of this legislation in 2014.

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Facts on the Nevada Solar Industry

Nevada leads the nation in solar jobs per capita.
  • There are currently more than 111 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Nevada, employing 5,900 people.
  • In 2014, Nevada installed 339 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 3rd nationally.
  • The 974 MW of solar energy currently installed in Nevada ranks the state fifth in the country in installed solar capacity.  There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 150,000 homes.
  • In 2014, $569 million was invested on solar installations in Nevada.  This represents a 427% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
  • Installed solar photovoltaic system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily -- by 6% from last year and 53% from 2010.

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Notable Solar Installations in Nevada

  • Copper Mountain 2 in Boulder City was completed in 2012 by developer First Solar.  This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 92 MW of electricity -- enough to power over 13,200 Nevada homes.
  • Another utility scale project, Copper Mountain 3, is currently under construction in Nevada and is scheduled to come online in 2015.
  • At 110 MW, Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nye County is among the largest solar installations in Nevada.  Completed in 2014 by SolarReserve, this concentrating solar power project has enough electric capacity to power more than 75,000 homes.

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SEIA Nevada State Policy Priorities

  • Ensure future access to net metering for solar customers.
  • Expand DG opportunity through the Solar Generations program (implementation of AB 428).
  • Ensure fair and transparent rules for utility-scale solicitations (implementation of SB 123).
  • Increase the amount of solar in the state renewable portfolio standard.

Solar Companies in Nevada

There are currently more than 111 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Nevada.  These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels.  These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 14 manufacturers, 6 manufacturing facilities, 60 contractor/installers, 11 project developers, 10 distributors and 16 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.

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How much do solar panels cost in Nevada? 

Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable. This website will show you the average retail price of installing home solar panels in Nevada.

Solar rebates and solar tax credits in Nevada.

Solar incentives are offered at the utility, county, state and federal level. These solar incentives can take various forms including solar tax credits, up front solar rebates, premium feed in tariffs (known as net metering) or solar production incentives.The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly. This solar panel calculator allows you to enter your address and it will tell you what solar incentives will apply at your house and the value of these if you go solar.

Finding the right solar company for you:

There are many solar companies in Nevada offering a wide variety of brands and options. This consumer reviews website will show you the consumer ratings of each solar installer that services your area and will also show you what brands of solar panels.

Nevada State Solar Policy Resources

Nevada State Energy Office - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics

Nevada Public Utilities Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Nevada public utilities

Nevada Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Nevada

DSIRE incentives database - Nevada - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Nevada and across the United States

U.S. Energy Information Administration - Nevada State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government